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SIX is delighted to collaborate with Bank Street Arts to bring our first residency to Sheffield — Making Plans: Christian and Anne Edwardes

We look forward to welcoming Dorset based artists, Christian and Anne to Sheffield – this is their first collaboration in this way – so we are excited to see what happens!

They will be working within the historic Georgian town houses of Bank Street Arts each day and are happy to receive visitors and have conversations during that time. 2016 is the official Year of Making within Sheffield and so the original residency proposal we received from the artists seemed apt.

Residency Proposal: Taking as a cue a number of recent new materialist discourses, we propose a work that will examine the spaces in which work is made as a co-productive environment. This may be understood as one that not only involves a collaborative relationship between human individuals, but one that also takes account of the ‘matter’ of the creative space: the objects used as props, tools, references, or supports that intercede in the process of making, but often remain invisible in the descriptions and outcomes of artwork.

As amateur dressmakers, we will both be involved in creating a number of garment parts, for example: cuffs, collars, hoods. As we research, make notes and diagrams, form possible solutions, draft blocks etc., around individual processes we will also produce makeshift instructions that draw attention to the complex assemblages of supports, tools, references and discussions that come together in the act of making. Being involved in fields of creation in which we are amateurs is important, in that we approach the production of work without a comprehensive experience of strategies that might be used to solve practical problems.

It creates the need for ‘work-arounds’, improvisations and alternative approaches that involve different ways of structuring the making environment. These, in turn, raise questions concerning the way the materials of the studio also shape the directions and choices we take.

Residency Details: Christian & Anne Edwardes – Making Plans Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS
Tuesday April 5th – Saturday April 9th 11am – 4pm each day


Would you like the opportunity to develop a project?
We are always interested in receiving proposals for potential projects and residencies, and see how we might be able to help. Please contact us by email

Posted on 20th March 2016

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